For the Scottish regional airline’s first ever operations from the South Coast airport, passengers travelled aboard a tartan branded 37-seat Embraer 135 Jet, arriving in Jersey only 45 minutes later.
Passengers departing from Bournemouth were treated to Jersey ice cream courtesy of the airline, served from a specially branded Loganair ice-cream truck, and the aircraft was met with a water-cannon salute by the airport’s fire brigade as it touched down.
Loganair is providing three services per week between southern England and the Channel Island – on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays until October 4 – enabling holidaymakers to tailor breaks around a five-day, full week or long weekend trips.
The airline is also commencing weekly Saturday flights to Guernsey on May 13 – the sunniest place in the British Isles. Popular with the leisure market, the once a week schedule is designed for seven-day breaks.
All of Loganair’s fares include 20kg of complimentary luggage allowance, as well as onboard refreshments and a 33% discount for children up to the age of 11 years old.
Stephen Gill, Managing Director, Bournemouth Airport, said: “Loganair’s flights to the Channel Islands are excellent news for holidaymakers and businesses requiring the convenience of a customer-focused regional airport, saving them time and cost in travelling to alternative airports. Passengers and Loganair flight crews can look forward to a warm South Coast welcome here at Bournemouth Airport.”
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Managing Director, said: “It’s a privilege to officially start operations from Bournemouth Airport for the first time, connecting England’s South Coast region with the wonderful island of Jersey. Jersey is a perfect holiday destination and with the summer almost upon us, our schedule enables flexible breaks of different durations. It’s also great to see Captain Davies, a home-grown pilot, flying once again from Bournemouth Airport.”
Paul Holley, Group Commercial Manager for Ports of Jersey said: “As one of our existing airline partners Loganair continues to invest in Jersey, and this summer we are pleased to welcome the Bournemouth route to the expanding Loganair network at Jersey Airport. With a tiered choice of airfares and up to three flights a week, we anticipate a good response from both leisure and business passengers when making travel plans.”
Spanning nine miles long by five miles wide, Jersey is an extremely popular holiday destination dotted with idyllic beaches, museums, military history and excellent food. Its close proximity to France gifts the island a sunny microclimate which only increases its allure.
Tickets for the route are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.loganair.co.uk or by calling 0344 800 2855.